Boys & Girls Club Partners with Michael Phelps Foundation

May 4 2011 /

The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce that they will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of America , Michael Phelps Foundation and KidsHealth.org to present the “im” Program. This program will allow children in the area to receive free, quality swim lessons at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. Participants will progress through the 5 stages of the program gaining knowledge about water safety and learn healthy life skills.  Children will learn to swim following the same path that Michael Phelps’ coaches used.  The curriculum will be based on the 4 specific principles of swimming and the philosophies of the Michael Phelps Swim School.

“This program is special, because it teaches the kids how to swim following the same steps that Michael was taught.  Learning new ways to teach swimming will benefit all of our lessons not just the lessons related to im Program,” commented Sarah Ziccarelli, Aquatics Director for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club

The im program is designed to encourage children at an early age to make decisions that lead to an active and healthy lifestyle. It will offer water safety courses, recreational pool activities, swim training and health and wellness education. Broken down into five “bubbles” the participants earn medals by accomplishing goals. The five bubbles are im safe, im fun, im fast, im healthy and im successful. Each bubble aims to teach children life lessons through knowledge, understanding and sportsmanship.im safe offers students water safety instruction so that all participant are prepared to perform  and enjoy all of the activities. im fun provides children with activities featuring some of Michael’s favorite pool games. im fast will give kids a chance to participate in competitive swimming and help them develop their skills by focusing on details such as starts, stokes and turns n the pool.  im healthy teaches children the basics of living healthy including the area of eating right, managing stress and being physically active. im successful helps children develop a plan to set goals in their life and to then work at achieving them.

“The goal for the program is for the kids to walk away with water safety skills and a better understanding of healthy eating habits.  This program teaches kids how to be safe in or around water, make healthy food choices, and set life goals,” stated Mrs. Ziccarelli.

The im program has been launched in six Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Each club is provided a grant so that the programming is available at no cost to the clubs or members.  The first set of eight week lessons will begin late June.  For more information about the im program and the Great Milford Boys & Girls Club visit http://www.bgclubs.org/milford.aspx or call 302-422-4453.

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